Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis refers to a condition affecting the human liver where there is a considerable loss of liver cells accompanied by permanent scarring of the liver. It causes general weakness in the body and a loss of appetite. In this condition, there is a yellowing of the skin, easy bruising, fatigue, and feelings of itchiness. The major causes of the liver cirrhosis are alcohol and HIV. However, liver cirrhosis can be formed by a variety of other causes. This disease is diagnosed through physical examination and blood tests. At times a biopsy of the liver and the examination of the patient history are also used. If not treated early, liver cirrhosis can result in ascites, edema, bleeding through varices, hepato-renal syndrome, hepato-pulmonary syndrome, liver cancer, hypersplenism and hepatic encephalopathy.


According to Ayurveda, liver diseases occur when there is an intense aggravation of the Pitta Dosha. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor that represents fire or heat. An aggravated Pitta affects the functioning of the liver and later puts the other doshas in imbalance as well. Dhatus becomes and the rasa and raktha dhatus become intoxicated. In this situation, many body functions such as digestion of food and production of blood also get impaired.

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